Costa Rica: Bittersweet Results from Agreement with the EU

Sales by Costa Rica to the EU have diversified because of the entry into force of the AACUE, but the value of exports has decreased and the trade balance is less favorable.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It is not only exports under the Association Agreement that have declined, going from $2,034 million in 2013 to $1,786 million in 2015, but the balance of trade surplus has also been decreasing as well. The surplus fell from $705 million in 2013 to $342 million in 2015, according to figures from PROCOMER. reports that "... 'Authorities at the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) argue that it is not the number that matters, but businesses achieving more added value and innovating in their exports. Some of the products which were not exported beforehand and which now are, are articles made of molded or pressed paper pulp, Jalapeno Chiles in vinegar, dust particle counters for taking environmental measurements in factories and offices, Christmas trees lights and powder used to prepare drinks. "

"... Pedro Beirute, general manager of the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER), said that the supply from Costa Rican companies has diversified so much that now they are selling both medical devices and fruit juice concentrates with a rise of 19% in both products."


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